Drew Credits YMCA for His Life as World Triathlete

Family of athletes found friends and a place to train at the YMCA

Since he was four years old Drew Shellenberger has been competing in Triathlons. He began his training at the Baxter YMCA saying, “[the YMCA] has been a pretty big place in my life since I was young. I came here for basketball, soccer, and flag foo... Read More

Indianapolis Colts Coach Frank Reich Delivers Powerful, Faith-filled Message

Indy community gathered in prayer, reflection at YMCA Good Friday Breakfast

Former pastor and current Indianapolis Colts head coach Frank Reich shared a powerful message of faith, family and football at the 51st annual YMCA Good Friday Breakfast in downtown Indianapolis. Before the event, he spoke to us about his own Y exper... Read More

Diabetes Prevention Classes Begin at 9 YMCA Locations in June

Months of coaching, classroom training help make lifesaving changes

Prediabetes threatens over 1/3 of American adults and most don’t even know they’re at risk. The YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program provides proven, community-based classes to help prevent or delay the onset of Diabetes by over half! ENROLL... Read More

LIVESTRONG at the YMCA Classes Begin in June

Adult cancer patients gain confidence, camaraderie and strength in 12-week program

LIVESTRONG at the YMCA Offered in Indianapolis since 2008, the program meets twice a week for 90 minutes and uses basic physical activity to ease cancer patients back into exercise and helps them maintain a healthy weight in a safe, supportive envi... Read More

Myzone App Gives Realtime Fitness Feedback to Up Your Game

Now available at the Baxter YMCA and YMCA at the City Market

Members at the YMCA of Greater Indianapolis will soon have a new tool to assist them in their quest to achieve their health and fitness goals. Myzone Exercise Tracking System will be available to use in Small Group Training at the Baxter Y on June 1.... Read More

Serving Communities, Improving Health – Last Year Was Monumental!

Thank you from our CEO and board chair

Dear YMCA Friends, Thank you for your continued support of the YMCA! Last year was monumental. In 2018, we unveiled the stunning Salute sculpture in honor of veterans and celebrated the opening of the much-anticipated OrthoIndy Foundation YMCA.... Read More

Growing Biking Community Offers Resources, Events for Cyclists

Bike-In Breakfasts, Lunch & Learns for novice and veteran cycling commuters

Free events and resources find their place at the YMCA at the City Market, home of the Indy Bike Hub, cover safety, best practices and more on the growing trend of biking a car-free lifestyle. DISCOVER DOWNTOWN INDY’S BIKING COMMUNITY Learn m... Read More

20 New Programs, Classes and Events to Try

20 new ways to improve your health and wellness

We’re always looking for new and innovative ways to fulfill the Y mission, and 2018 was no exception. Here are just a few new ways Central Indiana residents can now get stronger and healthier at the YMCA. New Programs [caption id="attachm... Read More

Free Workout Wednesdays Return to Georgia Street

Free Workout Wednesdays on Georgia Street provide perfect lunchtime exercise routine: May 2 – Sept. 26

Free Workout Wednesdays on Georgia Street provide perfect lunchtime exercise routine: May 2 – Sept. 26 All fitness levels are welcome for 45 minutes of fun, free, cardio classes at Workout Wednesdays in Downtown Indy We’re ready! Pack your ... Read More

Building Confidence

The Y: Benefits Far Greater Than Physical Health

Prea is a strong young girl who suffers from eczema which has caused her hair to fall out and her pigment to change in her hands. She joined the YMCA in hopes to stay active and develop healthy habits that would remain throughout her life. She found... Read More

Caring for the Community

In its 20th year, the Y @ the Athenaeum’s Breakfast With Santa provides a memorable experience for guests from area homeless and domestic violence shelters, as well as underserved neighborhoods.

Registered families enjoy a buffet-style breakfast in the Rathskeller followed by crafts and entertainment. During the event, parents slip away to select a gift, stuff a stocking, and choose a book for every child. Secretly, the children do the same ... Read More

A New Smile

The Y: Helping Kathleen Spread Joy

Kathleen Boyd lives across the street from the YMCA at the Athenaeum. Before she became a member, she used to watch her friends coming and going from the Y. "I wished I could go to the YMCA," she recalls. Her health issues and the fear of how she wou... Read More

Adult Sports Are Now on the Meetup App

Volleyball, pickle ball, basketball and more

You don't have to be on a league to play sports. The YMCA is offering a new way to find adult sports pickup games. They're on the Meetup app! Open games include basketball, volleyball, pickleball, ultimate Frisbee and many more and are free for Y mem... Read More

Is Your Child Overweight? We’ve Got a Program for That

A healthy lifestyle with help from others is fun!

We're all about healthy living, so we're very excited to introduce Healthy Weight and Your Child! This free, evidence-based program empowers children and families through education, healthy eating and physical activity. Families learn skills and beha... Read More

Top Volunteers Honored for Strong Spirit of Service

We thank these volunteers for a lifetime of achievement, diversity & inclusion

The YMCA of Greater Indianapolis has been celebrating its volunteers for as long as the association has existed—164 years! They inspire us with  selfless service and dedication to community. Each year we recognize the best of over 2,000 volunteers... Read More

Struck with Transverse Myelitis, Kianté Refuses to be Beaten

Bright young man volunteers at Teen Nights while he recovers

Choosing the path to success Kianté Lee is a young man who is very conscientious about his education and future—he wants to have the best start to his life as possible. Initially, he walked through the doors of the Benjamin Harrison YMCA as a ... Read More

Ransburg YMCA Celebrates 60 Years

60 years of the Ransburg YMCA serving Indy's East side

February was a big month at the Ransburg YMCA! We kicked off a year-long celebration of serving the East side for 60 years with an Anniversary Celebration /Annual Campaign kickoff luncheon. Nearly 200 joined to celebrate and reminisce about the Ransb... Read More

We Wear Black on February 28

Wear black to celebrate Black History Month with the YMCA

The YMCA of Greater Indianapolis has a rich African America history. African-American leaders formed the Young Men’s Prayer Band in 1900. It became a branch of the city YMCA by 1910. Black and white leaders helped raise funds for a new building he... Read More

Eric J. Ellsworth YMCA Christian Mission Fund Established in His Honor

Funds will ensure Christian Mission continues

The Eric. J. Ellsworth YMCA Christian Mission Fund has been established in honor of the retiring president & CEO of the YMCA of Greater Indianapolis. Eric Ellsworth will retire on Feb. 1 after 13 years in the position and a total of 42 years with... Read More

Legacy Wall Highlights Impact of YMCA on West Side of Indianapolis

A hub for African American community for over 100 years

During the past century many personal stories have been shared about the contributions made by individuals who attended, worked or volunteered at the Senate Avenue, Fall Creek, Pike and most recently the OrthoIndy Foundation YMCA. These contributions... Read More